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Entries from July 2011

14th Amendment and Obama’s liberal dupes

July 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/congressman-pelosi-clearly-backs-14th-amendment-in-debt-standoff_n_914137.html I am shocked that Obama has exposed himself as a total non-liberal in this deficit debate. Despite his denials, it is clear, and has been for a long time, that all this is totally unnecessary, and that Obama could have simply called it off. The legal question is not that murky, so the suspicion […]

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Tags: General

Fall of the Neanderthals

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Fall of the Neanderthals: Volume of Modern Humans Infiltrating Europe Cited as Critical Factor ScienceDaily (July 29, 2011) — New research sheds light on why, after 300,000 years of domination, European Neanderthals abruptly disappeared. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that modern humans coming from Africa swarmed the region, arriving with over ten […]

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Tags: Evolution

Axial Ages, and punctuated equilibria

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Punctuated Equilibrium Followers of the sage of an age of revelation are confused by their own mythology. But the ‘secular’ rejection of the whole corpus of history is also misleading. The Axial Age phenomenon, as an exhibit of ‘punctuated equilibrium’ (to use the words as dictionary items, not in Gould’s rendering), is far better than […]

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The Old Testament era in the Axial Age

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://history-and- evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_2.htm: Universal Histories: The Old Testament Enigma. We will delay our Sunday ‘spring through WHEE’ for mid-week. But we connect with our discussion of Judaism with this essay/chapter on the Old Testament period in the Axial Age, which was misperceived by the Israelites as the action of god in history. It was simply the […]

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New Age civilizations, etc…

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Richard comment Richard, you give yourself away by citing Charles Murray. You should know better than to trust this kind of paid conservative propagandist. You are right that people are so paranoid of this question they can ignore a small tally of valid points from the likes of Murray. But in the final analysis the […]

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Repost: Civilization and intelligence

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

(See comments quoted at end of post) Richard, you are being dangerously racist in your remarks, but since the issue seems to lurk in the back of people’s minds I will answer to it. But, my views apart, a host of critics have warned of ‘IQ’ thinking. It can play you false. Much IQ thinking […]

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Judaism vs Xtianity: what does the ‘eonic effect’ suggest?

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/07/31/was-judaism-a-mistake/ The previous post raises a controversial issue, in one form a staple of old-fashioned anti-semites, but the questions won’t go away. That said, as we study the ‘eonic effect’, we wonder, what does that tell us here? The answer is, actually, that the data is neutral, and shows clearly the three stepping stones toward […]

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Was Judaism a mistake?

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/rabbi-wolpe-defends-animal-sacrifice/ We commented on this disgusting Huffpost article by Rabbi Wolpe on animal sacrifice last week (check the archives). It is time to read the riot act to Jews, respectfully, without antisemitism, and with a studied indifference to a problem that is likely to solve itself as Judaism disperses in the wind (I won’t bet […]

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Berlinski book

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/mathematics/numbers-point-to-something-beyond-themselves-but-what/

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Evidence for ‘god’?

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

There can be no evidence for God (revisited) By STEVE ZARA Added: Saturday, 30 July 2011 at 1:46 PM http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/642394-there-can-be-no-evidence-for-god-revisited With time, some arguments can become simpler. I’m optimistic that this is the case with arguments I put forward last year on the subjects of theism and the supernatural, and so it’s worth re-examining them, […]

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Dawkins’ fraudulent ‘rebuttal’ of Hoyle

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/07/expose-on-richard-dawkins%E2%80%99-the-god-delusion-3/ This article shows how Dawkins has been able to confuse people. indeed, pull the wool over their eyes. As here, with the ridiculous claim that Dawkins answered Hoyle. He referred to the astronomer, Fred Hoyle’s Boeing 474 argument in which Hoyle suggested that the probability of life originating on earth by pure chance is […]

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Tags: Evolution

Organized Crime Is Wiping out Wildlife

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Organized Crime Is Wiping out Wildlife, Report FindsScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — A paper by WCS conservationist Elizabeth Bennett says that an immense, increasingly sophisticated illegal trade in wildlife parts conducted by organized crime, coupled with antiquated enforcement methods, are decimating the world’s most beloved species including rhinos, tigers, and elephants on a scale never […]

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How Bats Stay On Target

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

How Bats Stay On Target Despite the ClutterScienceDaily (July 30, 2011) — In a paper published this week in Science, researchers at Brown University and from the Republic of Georgia have learned how bats can home in on a target, while nearly instantaneously taking account of and dismissing other objects in their midst. The trick […]

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Tags: Evolution

Algae

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,776653,00.html

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Tags: global warming

Too Close to the Field

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, July 30, 2011 by CommonDreams.org Mainstream Reporters: Too Close to the Field and Teams to Get the Debt Story by Jeff Cohen http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/30

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Obamamania

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, July 30, 2011 by CommonDreams.org Time to Reset Our Moral Compass by Norman Mathews http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/30-2

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Who’s Grabbing Africa’s Land?

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Colorlines Who’s Grabbing Africa’s Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities by Michelle Chen http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/31-1

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“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by CommonDreams.org We Must Destroy the Government in Order to Save It http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/31 by Robert Freeman A certain, macabre phrase came to personify the Vietnam War: “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” The colonel who uttered it was doubtless oblivious to both the psychotic […]

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Marching to Brussels

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by the Inter Press Service “Indignant” Demonstrators Marching to Brussels to Protest Effects of Crisis http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/31-1

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A transcultural mainline in world history

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Climbing Mt Improbable Our discussions of civilization and intelligence today demand a renewed focus on the eonic effect and what it tells us: we see an overwhelming correlation with creative advance in the mainline shown by the eonic sequence. Complete with medieval periods in between. It is important to follow the evidence here, to see […]

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Civilization and intelligence

July 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

(See comments quoted at end of post) Richard, you are being dangerously racist in your remarks, but since the issue seems to lurk in the back of people’s minds I will answer to it. But, my views apart, a host of critics have warned of ‘IQ’ thinking. It can play you false. Much IQ thinking […]

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Tags: General

Buddhism and revolution

July 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/the-karmapa-tibetan-buddh_b_913851.html: Tibetan Buddhism’s Next Great Leader??? We commented on this issue yesterday at The Gurdjieff Con http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2011/07/29/an-end-to-tibetan-political-religion/ I should ‘apologize’ for such a harsh critique, and, since I am not a Tibetan Buddhist, or a Buddhist, should stay out of such ‘vulgar’ attacks. Judge for yourself if the apology, however, doesn’t run very deep. So […]

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Don’t be intimidated by the science goons

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/francis-collins-is-ticked-off-at-atheists/ I am no fan of Collins, but Coyne’s statement here is a bit much: the witch hunt over ‘unscientific’ beliefs focuses on just those issues that strong supporters of science should consider carefully, because they show the limits of science as known: the question of morality. As for fine-tuning, to say that consideration of […]

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Industrial revolution sealed Neanderthals’ fate

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Industrial revolution sealed Neanderthals’ fate

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Tags: Evolution